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12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

176 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 176
Hads: 640
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 42
Gots: 126 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: imaguitargod on 11-18-2008

This beer's name sums up the idea of bringing the best together to celebrate. It is filled with seasonal flavors from generous amounts of toasted and caramel malts, mixed with equally generous amounts of honey, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. We feel it is the perfect libation, filled with flavors of the season.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 176 | Hads: 640
Reviews by GreenEggsHam1:
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

More User Reviews:
Photo of MANix73
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

I did a side-by-side comparison with GLBC Christmas Ale this weekend & 12 Dogs was darker, spicier, less hoppy & the better Christmas Ale. (138 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a tawny brown with a tinge of amber,a thinner slight off white head atop.Aromas of nutmeg,mace,allspice,and some honey makes for a very spiced brew.I like the warming spiced notes on the palate,candied ginger and nutmeg notes stand out most along with a sweet honey-like finish.The sweetness is big but for me it never gets overly sticky.Solid. (350 characters)

Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of markmo
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of warnerry
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from Dec. 2010

Pours a clear deep reddish brown with two fingers of head.

Smell is cinnamon and nutmeg, followed by caramel malt. Nothing great, but decent.

Tastes is heavy spices up front that gradually give way to caramel malts. Lingering cinnamon on the finish. there is also some slight hop bitterness and a floral taste that I can't quite make out. Overall, a decent blend of flavors, but something seems a little off.

Generally a light mouthfeel, though not particularly clean. Leaves traces of roasted malt.

Overall a pretty good Christmas beer, but nowhere near one of the best. (597 characters)

Photo of Jpinoniemi
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Doomcifer
2.8/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a relatively clear, darker shade of amber with minimal head. Not much lacing to mention. Smells VERY strongly of nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice. Smells of relatively nothing but holiday-like spices, and very strongly. Taste is much the same...strong nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, subtle hop spice...malty. Decent carbonation, medium bodied. Very sweet and spicy. One bottle is enough. Not totaly impressed. (414 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - One-finger head of light tan foam that leaves a solid ring around the glass as it slowly falls. Color is brown, turning to very dark orange around the base of the glass. Held to a light, color is dark apricot and quite cloudy.

S - After the pour, the bottle smelled like a gourmet ginger ale had just left it. Lots of ginger in the nose, followed by nutmeg and cinnamon. There's also a sweetness there that seems more than the caramel in the malts, which supports the spices well.

T - Nicely toasted malts infused with ginger. Caramel with cinnamon follow. Finish has subtle bittering hops mixed with honey. Delicious!

M - A bit fizzy to start, and then rather clean. Reasonable carbonation. Decent body and nice structure. Finish lingers and is a tad drier than the taste suggests it might be.

D - Yummy seasonal brew that blends the malts and spices in a very attractive way. An evening with several of these would be quite enjoyable. This is the GL Christmas Ale's big brother. As good as the GL is, this shouldn't be overlooked - it's every bit as good. (1,115 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle, no freshness date.

Hazed tawny hue, find bubbling up top with some clinging action going on. Honey, candied fruit and ginger all up in the nose with cinnamon and nutmeg on the sideline. No choice but smoothness with the modest level of carbonation given. Spicy with dry cocoa-like maltiness, hint of molasses, residual honey ... ginger is not as strong in the taste and lets the other spices play. The alcohol chimes in late in the game but slowly makes up for time lost with a slow but growing warmth. The nutmeg and hops provide a nice barrier of bitterness to hold back any sweetness that tries to push forward too much. Finishes with a mild dark sugar note, lingering spices and toasty malt.

A pretty damn amazing Winter Warmer ... impressive is the first word that comes to mind. Complex yet dangerously drinkable as well. (848 characters)

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of hohnx012
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of xdefeatsy
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of HeyYoMar
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of GOBLIN
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jminch
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a dark chestnut brown hue with a large off white khaki head with fine intricate lacing between each sip, retention is decent. Aroma offers up a nice mix of Christmas spices, according to the label it says honey cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. What stands out to me is the spicy ginger along with earthy and pine hops, of course a strong honey sweetness rides in the sidecar. Very complex and full of Christmas senses, supposedly the same recipe as the Great Lakes Christmas ale according to a recent thread, rumor? I'm not sure but it smells pretty close. Flavor is nice spices play nice with bitter and spicy edges, I'm getting Christmas spiced bread with powdered yeast drizzled with honey and caramel, let's not forget spruce tips and a raw earthy bitterness with just a touch of booziness about it. I can't believe this brew is scoring in the middle of the road category, because it's fantastic. I'm ready for a whole sixer better yet a mixed sixer half Great Lakes Christmas Ale and half of this fine brew. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied with some thicker textures joining the party, some honey and some rough spice induced bitterness in the finish. Also some soothing alcohol burn that makes the whole experience work a little better, and drinkability wise it's pretty easy to drain a 12 ounce pour if you let your palate adjust to the honey and spices. Throw a cigar into the mix and it will hold up equally as well. (1,435 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

Feel: medium-full body with medium-light carbonation. A tiny bite on the tongue, presumably from the 8.3% alcohol. Pleasant, spicy aroma but it suggests that there may be too much spicing in the flavor. Tasting confirms this, with the blame largely on nutmeg. Some medium and dark malt with a hint of toffee does show behind the spicing.

O: a good winter seasonal, but a bit too much nutmeg for me. Improved a little with warming. (483 characters)

Photo of Rosethoj
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of brianplatt
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Adkins1203
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Doughbodyboy
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of LXIXME
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ASchroth
4.99/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delicious! My husband and I'd favorite seasonal beer. (53 characters)

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12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.